Now, the name Wilde Bikes may sound familiar to you. If it does, it may be because you're into cycling or you keep up with the news we post on autoevolution. If it doesn't, then this piece on the Rambler should spark your interest in this brand and the "production" bicycles they crank out. Why did I choose to bring the word 'production' to light? Because this means that Wilde Bikes can offer the public a bicycle that's as inexpensive as possible.
However, a few other traits set Wilde apart from other crews, and part of the story has to do with the sort of building material used to craft their machines. In the case of the Rambler, steel is used, in particular, CrMo (Chromoly), double-butted, handmade, durable, and rather light too. A medium size frame weighs just 5 lbs (2.3 kg). Once a steel fork is thrown on, Wilde sells framesets for as low as $1,200 (€1,100 at current exchange rates), but complete builds do exist, and that's what we'll focus on today; the most expensive stands at a solid $3,600 (€3,400) and includes a Rival AXS drivetrain.
Now, suppose you remember the article I covered on the Rambler SL. In that case, you also know that Wilde manufactures carbon fiber forks. However, the manufacturer chose a different kind of fork, a steel one, for this version. Because this fork is a tad longer than the carbon one, it helps raise the BB a bit, offering precious clearance in turns and the ability to mess around with crankarm length.
That's not the end of things either. As I explored the frame and fork design, I couldn't help but notice that Wilde added countless cargo mounts all over the Rambler. What does this mean for anyone looking to outride their last session? It means carrying precious cargo such as tools and repair kits, food, water, and even gear for camping out overnight somewhere. In short, it's a long-distance rider.
Overall, Wilde offers three complete builds, tuned with either 1X or 2X drivetrains, and as mentioned, the most expensive is the Rival AXS setup. A Shimano GRX and SRAM Apex are also part of your choices. Considering the least expensive cruises in for a cool $2,300 (€2,150), it appears as though there's a setup for everyone.
Now, take all that you've just read, select your favorite drivetrain, and what do you have? Simply put, one of the freshest, budget-friendly, and most tuned gravel two-wheelers I've seen in some time. Actually, it's so much more than that. You can use this puppy to make it to work during the week and carry groceries home from the store. After work, you can hit some local singletracks, and once the weekend arrives, it's a whole 'nother story.
This is when you can take those long treks and burn all the extra calories you managed to put on during the week. All the while, the Rambler will be there beside you, carrying your goods and performing to the standards Wilde is known for. A bicycle to consider if you're in the market for a gravel wonder.